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ERIC Number: EJ1168643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7227
Tap, Swipe, and Build: Parental Spatial Input during iPad® and Toy Play
Ho, Ariel; Lee, Joanne; Wood, Eileen; Kassies, Samantha; Heinbuck, Carissa
Infant and Child Development, v27 n1 Jan-Feb 2018
Despite the increase in the use of interactive technological devices, little is known about the impact that play context has on the production of spatial language by parents. To investigate whether there is differential parental spatial input afforded by play contexts with their preschoolers, 34 children (20 girls, 14 boys) and their primary caregivers engaged in 30-min 3-dimensional (3D) spatial play using blocks and puzzles and virtual 2-dimensional (2D) spatial play using an iPad® in 2 separate home visits. There were no significant differences in the average amount of spatial talk and the number of spatial categories used by parents in both 3D and 2D play contexts. However, the amount of parental spatial talk decreased significantly with older preschoolers using the iPad®. In the 3D play contexts, parents produced more words related to spatial dimensions, location and directions, and continuous amount than in the 2D play contexts. However, in the 2D play contexts, they produced more words associated with orientations and transformations as well as deictics than in the 3D play contexts. Our findings suggest that technology can be effectively introduced into play contexts to elicit enriched parental spatial input by supporting parents and caregivers with best practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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